RUTH - The Pitch Archive

Created by Jo Southwell, The Pitch 2017

Description

Ruth is a new graduate of London School of Business. She’s been intoxicated with the niceties of what ‘money can bring and offer.' She lives with her Auntie Naomi and Uncle Killian in Richmond and commutes daily to her new city job. Her Uncle sadly dies from a heart attack leaving Naomi with choices to make about her future. With no family close, Naomi chooses to follow her and her husbands dream of opening a small, quaint teashop in the fishing village of Sheldon. In an emotional discussion between Ruth and Naomi, Ruth rejects the opportunity to live in the City with her friends or return to her family home in Oxford, but instead chooses to accompany Naomi to Sheldon. What then evolves is a new love and loyalty for both of the women, amongst the 70’s teapot decor and gingham table cloths and fishing nets emerges Marcus a local unassuming fisherman and landlord. In time, Marcus develops a deep admiration for Ruth’s character, loyalty and honest devotion to her Auntie Naomi. This in turn sparks a hidden artistic streak within Ruth which allows her to find a purpose and meaning to the choices she made.

Biblical Connection

Inspired by the story of RUTH. Ruth 1:16-18 The story of Ruth and Naomi demonstrates a genuine, true act of loyalty, loss and unexpected rewards. We wanted to explore this theme in a contemporary setting focusing on a young graduate woman who also has other modern day pressures from friendships groups, social media to family expectations. The relationships between Naomi and Ruth must have been one of special significance for Ruth to declare, Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where yo go I will go, and where you stay I will stay." When Naomi realised that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. Our short film, RUTH explores the character of a young woman called RUTH who despite what her peers may do or choose to do, she goes with a much beloved Aunty at a time of grief and new self discovery.